Houston Texans owner Bob McNair ordered his staff to search the team locker room to make sure no players are using banned substances.
USA Today first reported the Texans had staff members remove any products from lockers that are not approved by the NFL.
Two Houston players — left tackle Duane Brown and linebacker Brian Cushing — served four-game suspensions for different violations of the league’s policy on banned substances.
McNair said Friday he wanted to prevent future incidents. The Texans have the right to control players while they’re in the team’s facilities, he said.
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“We concluded that one thing we can do is to just go through the locker room and make sure that if anybody is using anything, it’s a product from one of the approved manufacturers,” McNair said. “That’s about all that we can do.”
Team spokesman Kevin Cooper said the procedure took place “about a month ago.” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the decision “is a club matter.”
The NFL Players Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A grand jury in Mobile, Ala., declined to indict former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell on a felony drug possession charge related to a drink containing codeine syrup.
Defense attorney Donald Briskman said the former No. 1 draft pick was excited and looks forward to returning to the NFL.
Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre, who has made 291 consecutive starts in the past 18 seasons, is listed as questionable in the Vikings’ injury report, meaning odds are 50-50 he’ll play Sunday against New England.
The 41-year-old three-time MVP has two broken bones in his ankle suffered last week against Green Bay.
“I want to play and I want to help this team win,” Favre said. “I owe that to the guys and I owe that to myself.”
The St. Louis Rams will retire receiver Isaac Bruce’s No. 80 before their game against Carolina. Ronde Barber, a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback, will play in his 200th career game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Basketball immortal Magic Johnson would be interested in becoming a limited partner in the Miami Dolphins, although his priority is to help Los Angeles get an NFL team.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson signed his contact tender with the San Diego Chargers, but he can’t help the team the next three games while he serves a team-imposed suspension. New Orleans running backs Reggie Bush (broken right leg) and Pierre Thomas (sprained left ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.